GERMANY: Watergate am Rhine

"I, Julius Steiner, hereby make the worst confession in my life. I am aware that in doing so I am disclosing the greatest scandal in the history of West Germany."

With these words, Steiner, a former Deputy in the West German Bundestag, admitted that in April 1972 he sold his vote to keep Chancellor Willy Brandt in power. Writing in last week's issue of the illustrated weekly Quick, Steiner (who is currently in hiding, probably outside Germany), confessed that he received 50,000 marks (about $20,000) from a member of Brandt's Social Democratic Party to abstain in a secret vote...

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